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As anyone who regularly reads this blog knows, I have yet to make my peace with predictive card reading.  On one hand, I believe in free choice and a fluid reality.  On the other, I know that spirit can send messages in a variety of ways and that one of them is undoubtedly the seemingly random turn of a card. 

Does spirit, however, detail the future?  Or better yet, can it?  And even if spirit has the capability and the inclination, is it present each and every time we read Tarot?

Let me say at the outset that, in my world view, hard and fast predictions run counter to the idea of free will.  And while things may operate very differently in the spirit realm in regard to linear time than they do here on the ground, it is my own personal experience that spiritual messages do not usually contain detailed future tense info. 

This is  not to say it can't happen because if time works differently there, it probably can.  It is to say however that even if it can happen, there are reasons why it usually should not.

In my belief system, one of the most valid indicators of spirit is a sense of expansiveness.  Spiritual messages do not or should not restrict people.  Telling someone what is going to happen, and when, is restrictive.  It puts on the blinders and entirely bypasses options and choices and the role of free will.  And to me for reasons I cannot cram into a single short article, free will is one of the most sacred of gifts.

As for the presence of spirit - yes, I believe it is always there even when we do not connect or acknowledge it and this failure on our part can occur for a variety of reasons.   It may occur when we read too frequently or too quickly.  When we are preoccupied or too ego based.  Some of us are better at discerning when we are plugged in than are others but that does not mean we can't be wrong and pulling cards is mechanical.  If you aren't listening, you can keep doing it long after intuition tells you to stop.

Today I did a reading on my own life path because, while I am pretty clear on my general direction (writing), I am not particular detail-oriented in regard to the destination.  I have an idea that I would like to do another manuscript unlike my old genre stuff but I'm iffy on the specifics.  I have the sense sometimes that I am finding my way in the dark, that spirit is guiding me more by touching my arm from time to time and reorienting me, so to speech, than by providing a map.

So the general question was how does it look for the book and the reading was helpful but not helpful enough.  As I gathered up the cards at the end of the reading, I thought, Should I even bother?  And out dropped my "Yes" card, the Three of Cups.  

Is this predictive?  Perhaps.  But it is also expansive.  I look for guidance in Tarot.  I do not look for details.  When we focus on details, no matter how fact based, we may easily miss the big picture, the plane upon which our true destiny will potentially play out.

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  1. This is a great article! I love the way you suggest at the end that something predictive (if it is) can also be expansive. I agree about spirit being present when opening to possibility & also don't prefer to do predictive future specific readings. When I do, which is very rare, it is as though spirit has dropped something into my lap. I always preface it with, "I feel like I'm supposed to tell you this." It is always a surprise. I also wonder, along with the can it & does it questions you ask, if it should? Should we reinforce clients to view themselves as fixed about the likelihood of future possible truths? It seems to go along with your idea of an expansive place. If we want to empower clients to accept all of their life experiences, then I think we ought to be careful about encouraging them to believe any one thing should happen. Our culture reinforces this paradigm enough... Often it disempowers people to buy into this fix it mentality. Anyway, love your thoughts & will follow your blog pronto! :D

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  2. Hi Jenny! I'm glad you liked the article. Thank you so much for your thoughts. Empowerment is one of my key words in regard to reading Tarot. I don't know that there is a single right answer to the should question. Discernment and caution, as you advocate, as well as the info/situation itself are all important considerations. I am so glad you are going to follow the blog. Love your comments and hope to see more!

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  3. Hi Barbara! I believe that some things in our futures are chosen before incarnation, route markers on our journey if you like. In other words, free will is exercised before and during incarnation. However, I agree with you that fixed predictions can be limiting and I am wary of both giving and receiving them.

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  4. Hi Helen. Great point! I believe that some choices are made prior to our incarnation also. This should factor in to any discussion made about free will. Thank you for commenting!

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  5. Quantum Physics showed that there is nothing certain, not even the exact position and speed of a moving particle. This is called the Heisenberg Uncertainty principle. At any particular moment you can either establish the speed of a moving particle, or its exact position, not both. The more accurate its position is established the less accurate is the speed measurement, and vice versa, and this is not a result of inadequate measurement technique, but rather an inherent property of nature.

    Further, whether a subatomic particle is a wave or a "solid" particle, according to Quantum Physics, is dependent on whether it is being observed or not. (By observed I do not mean that a conscious being is looking at it, I mean that it is forced to manifest itself in a particular form – obviously for you to ascertain what form it took the particular manifestation would have to occur somewhere along the line)

    These counter intuitive principles have been demonstrated in exhaustive experimentation. Even though it is hard to bend one’s mind around them they have been verified time and time again.

    So, if we can not even “predict” the present, we certainly can not fully predict the future.

    In physics we can however calculate a probability function that would put the likelihood of my body’s atoms making it, in tact, through a wall, at a ridiculously miniscule chance, which is borne by the fact that nobody I know has ever actually passed through a wall and lived to tell about it; nevertheless the distinct possibility does exist. I think it may be a similar thing with predictive knowledge; it just may be very likely to happen.

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  6. "To see a world in a grain of sand
    And a heaven in a wild flower,
    Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
    And eternity in an hour." (William Blake)

    Einstein's theory of relativity: As energy vibration speeds up, time slows down. The closer energy is to spirit, the less linear time becomes.

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  7. Hi Amos!

    Thank you for your comments. I have heard of the Heisenberg phenomena though, like just about everything to do with quantum physics, I don't really understand its ramifications. That is not to say I wouldn't like to!

    I love your comment about predicting present - very well said! I also find it very interesting that you consider predictive knowledge to be within the realm of possibility. You did not address the idea of time behaving differently in alternate (theoretical) dimensions however. :)

    Nice to see you reading my posts. I always appreciate the scientific perspective!

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  8. Hi Helen!

    Lovely quote. Thank you for sharing it!

    I'm not sure Amos will agree with you on Einstein though you may well be right - I am chipping away at a book by Dr. Richard Gerber which uses the terms Einsteinian and vibrational pretty much interchangeably. Personally speaking, I talk about vibration a lot in certain (New Age) circles but cannot quite get my head around it in a scientific sense.

    I wish I were more disciplined. There is a lot I would like to know in regard to science.

    While I'm not sure that time is ever really linear, I do agree with you - time is different up or out there and I think that this may well have a lot to do with the phenomena of predicting future. No coincidence to me that it is historically called divining.

    Have you read the Thirteen Petalled Rose? It addresses time and the four worlds of Kabbalah. There is a review of it here somewhere.

    Thank you so much for commenting! I love this discussion :)

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  9. On reflection - up or out or in.

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  10. Hi Barbara

    Any one of those will do. :)

    The older I get, the more I realize that life is not so black and white. Life is much more complicated than that and multiple scientific theories can co-exist.

    I haven't read that book, I will check it out thanks.

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